Fri 17 Apr 2009
(cross-posted at CureThis)
Last night, CNBC featured a segment on “Is Health care a right or a privilege?” and invited two speakers to debate the question.
One of the speakers was Dr Mai Pham, senior policy advisor at the National Physicians Alliance (NPA). The NPA fimly believes that health care is a human right and its campaigns and mission speak directly to that. The other speaker was Michael Cannon, director of health policy at the CATO Institute, a free-market, libertarian organization.
Make your own conclusions about some incendiary statements made in this debate, but I must highlight one here.
“Saying health care is a fundamental human right is one of those simplistic nonsense slogans” — Michael Cannon, CATO.
Unbelievable. No it’s not. Saying health care is a fundamental human right is an important statement that we must embrace fully as a society (and to an extent have already embraced).
As guerillamamamedicine recently blogged:
i do not deserve a good job, or a beautiful home, or health care because i went to school and got my degree. i deserve them because i am a human being. if i were to say that i deserve them because of how many years i spent in school, or how much money i paid to go to school, or the number of letters behind my name, then i am saying that i deserve basic human dignity because of my educational privilege.
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I applaud Dr. Pham’s calm and composure in the debate. There is much to loearn from her regarding how to stay on point and how to debate an issue articulately.
In any case, it was a pleasant surprise to see this issue covered by CNBC; perhaps the station will cover such issues in the future.